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You Are Invited to the 2015 Game Changers Summit

By Jana Melpolder on August 12, 2015


Are you looking to harness the power of ICTs in new ways in development? Do you have an inventive idea that you want to share with the greater ICT community? Do you want to meet global ICT4D leaders like Ken Banks, Pierre Omadjela, Maeghan Orton, Carmen Strigel, and Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau?

Here is your chance! Join United Methodist Communications, Inveneo, and more at UMCOM’s upcoming Game Changers Summit, happening September 17th – 19th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Game Changers Summit is an exciting vast collection of workshops and sessions that gather together leading minds and organizations in the ICT community, including NetHope, World Vision, Inveneo, TechChange, and Outernet.

RSVP and Submit Your Idea Today to the Think Tank

The Game Changers Summit is hosting a “Think Tank” workshop, managed by Wayan Vota. During this workshop, a panel of experts will help one specially selected attendee think through possible solutions to a communications challenge in agriculture, healthcare or education experienced in a rural setting. Additionally, the one selected will also receive free registration to the Game Changers Summit!

Here’s how the Think Tank works…

  • To enter, simply fill out this short form describing the challenge you are experiencing regarding information and communication technologies for the developing world. Hurry – the submission deadline is August 17.
  • Your entry will be evaluated by specialists with experience in these fields.
  • The applicant with the strongest submission will have his or her entry selected for review during the Think Tank workshop at the 2015 Game Changers Summit.
  • At the Game Changers Summit, the winner will take part in an exclusive meeting—the Think Tank—with a panel of experts to discuss strategies that address his/her challenge.
  • A winner will be selected and personally notified by August 21st.

If you do not wish to submit an idea, you can still sign up to attend the conference. Sign up today as there are a limited amount of spaces available.

Be Sure Not to Miss…

Kelly Doley, Inveneo’s Project Manager, who will share Inveneo’s work, practices, and lessons learned in the Ebola Response Connectivity Initiative (ERCI) project with partners NetHope, Facebook, and more. Learn how he collaborated with a team of local partners who created 100 new Internet connections in West Africa between January and May!

Dr. Revi Sterling, a pioneer in the ICT field who founded and directed America’s first ICT4D professional master’s program. She currently consults for the United Nations and recently transferred to become NetHope’s new USAID-GBI Deputy Chief of Party. Dr. Sterling will be speaking at the Friday session “Women’s Empowerment through ICTs” and moderating a workshop on the same day.

Don’t forget to sign up today to attend the upcoming conference. We look forward to seeing you at the event next month!

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Jana Melpolder worked for over two years as an editor for ICTworks. She is passionate about bringing human rights issues to the forefront through ICT in the developing world, and she has reported on development programs from several countries including Bolivia, Ghana, Thailand and India. Follow her on Twitter: @JanaMelpolder
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